The Greater Accra Regional Prisons Ladies Association (PRILAS) has held its 2023 Praise and Thanksgiving Service to thank God for His mercies, faithfulness and seeing the association through successful years since its inception.
The ceremony brought together female officers from the James Camp Prison, Senior Correctional Centre, Prisons Officers’ Training School, Prisons Headquarters and Awutu Camp prison. The theme for this year’s ceremony was ‘Women Rise up and Embrace your call for God’s Work and the Service’.

Addressing female officers at the ceremony which was held at the Prisons Headquarters in Accra last Friday, the Greater Accra Regional PRILAS President, Director of Prisons (DOP) in charge of Health, Madam Gloria Essandoh expressed her thankfulness to God for seeing members through a successful year (2022), despite some difficulties encountered. She advised members to rise up and embrace their call as Prisons officers to effect positive change in their various establishments.

“You are great people regardless where you find yourselves on the career ladder. I entreat you to work hard, be courageous, be open-minded, become team players and exhibit professionalism in your day to day duties as correctional officers. This can be achieved through self-discipline, dedication, commitment to work and teamwork. Let us continue to exhibit love, care and support towards one another especially when a member is in need”, DOP Essandoh added.
The National President of PRILAS, Director of Prisons in charge of Services, Mrs. Patience Baffoe-Bonnie (Esq.), urged members to exhibit enough evidence of willingness to be leaders wherever they find themselves. She also entreated members to remember their values and stick to them, and never stop learning and challenging themselves with new roles.
Mrs. Baffoe-Bonnie encouraged members to always strive to achieve excellence in their day to day activities as correctional officers and leave foot prints for others to emulate.

A Chaplain of the Prisons Service, Chief Officer (Rev.) Grace Asiedu in a sermon called on women to let their godly beliefs reflect in their daily lives to reduce the upsurge of social vices in the country. “When women team up and cry unto the God of heaven, there is a sudden supernatural turn around to any difficult situation. Therefore, I urge you to continue to unite, and pray to this Supernatural God for peace and economic stability for Ghana”, Rev. Asiedu advised.
A musical competition was also organized among the participating prison establishments to demonstrate their musical talent and love for music as well as strong artistic forces and stage presence.

At the end of the competition, Senior Correctional Centre was adjudged winner and was awarded with a golden trophy and a certificate which was presented by the Director-General of Prisons, Mr. Isaac Kofi Egyir. James Camp Prison placed second and Prisons Headquarters placed third. They were awarded with and a Silver and Bronze trophies respectively, and certificates of participation.

Mr. Isaac Egyir congratulated the award winners and expressed his delight at their successes and outstanding performance. He encouraged them to train harder and called for the need to motivate them so they can perform during service’ functions.

Also present at the ceremony were the Director of Prisons in charge of Finance, Mr. Samuel Adjei-Attah; the Officer in charge of the Senior Correctional Centre, DDP Millicent Owusu; Officer in charge of the James Camp Prison, DDP Sophia Osei-Bonsu; Officer in charge of the Gender Unit of the Service, ADP Augustina Mensah-Fiadzo (Mrs.) and the Acting Music Director of the Prisons Headquarters, ASP Edgar Dowuona.

Story by: DSP Irene Pieteson Arthur
Prison Ladies Association – National

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